Posts Tagged ‘hope’

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united as One

November 16, 2013

a week ago, super typhoon yolanda, with the international name haiyan, hit our country, philippines. it is said to be the strongest typhoon in the history of the country, or even of the world.

(i am not really sure of what to write here. i thought of doing this couples of days ago but i was not certain of what to say, not to mention the time constraint. perhaps im afraid i might sound different when all i really want is to help uplift the spirit of everyone. i often become too emotional, you know.) watching the news and videos, seeing the devastation, reading heart-breaking articles, looking at surreal-like aftermath photos  from the affected areas give me goosebumps, swollen eyes, and mixed emotions. it is hard for me to absorb what i see. some questions also pop in my mind like: what would i do if my family and i lived in the affected areas? where would we stay when our home was washed away by the storm? would i still be sane if i survived the tragedy and my loved ones didnt? how would i move on if everything i had is nothing? or should i ask, would i even still want to live?

please dont get me wrong. these are only the thoughts of a random soul, wondering and reflecting on what is happening around. one recognizable thing that i see is that the resiliency of the Filipino spirit will always come through. forget about pointing fingers. forget about selfish acts. forget about the different beliefs. cease the misunderstandings. what we need now is unity, courage, and faith that we will all pass this through. old, young, men, women, children, professionals, students, black, white, everybody can do something to help. even a small act counts. it is truly uplifting seeing all the nations in the world, extending aid to our country. i know i am no one but let me say, in behalf of the Filipino people, from the bottom of our heart, thank you.

i believe, through our trust and faith in God, with His guidance and incessant love, everything will flow smoothly again..even better.

the following images are not mine but i want to share them with you. credits to the owners.

calamity-proof filipino

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

japanese children, one with the Filipinos

Sendai students, one with the Filipinos

smiles and hope

smiles and hope

 

i am a Filipino

united as one

there are many ways to help. you can visit www.rappler.com. im not connected with them but i rely to them for fresh and reliable updates and useful information.

i also want to share this link, showing inspirational stories that could ‘restore your faith in humanity’ and Filipinos. read also the comments for more ‘yolanda’ inspirational stories. p.s., prepare your hankies ūüėČ

p.s. p.s.

here’s not forgetting the other issues, corruption et al. read this, Pope Francis: corrupt should be tied to a rock and thrown into the sea. hello, napoles and company.

God bless everyone.

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development around us

September 28, 2013

i remember an elderly saying something like, i don’t want to watch news on the television or listen to the radio in the morning. doing so just makes my morning negative and a negative morning can possibly make a whole day ruined.¬†i cannot remember who exactly said that. i am not even sure if i heard ¬†it or if i just read it somewhere. but i do remember the message clearly.¬†i pondered about it and realized the reality about the thought. bad news are constant. when was the last time you watched a news program that did not contain negative reports? abductions, killings, corruption, and many more illegal and offensive human acts are always present in newscasts.

whether i heard or read it, i was affected by the thought. the day after that, i did not tune in on the morning AM radio program that i used to listen to while preparing to work. i did not want to start my day with negative thoughts.

i am the type of person who can easily get affected by other people’s ideas. fortunately not all the time. but let us not talk about my being naive at times. what i want to focus here is development. with the bad news we hear and see every day, can you say that the philippines is improving as a country? can you spot development around you?

i know this question has relative answers.  some will answer yes, some will answer no. others might raise an eyebrow while some might be seriously confused. but if ever you will ask me the same question, i will answer yes.

not long ago, ¬†i think only ¬†within the first quarter of this year, i knew about two groups that have particular mission but have common denominator. i am talking about Klasrum ng Pag-asa and Juan Portrait (Help-Portrait then). Klasrum ng Pag-asa, as described in their facebook page, consists of “Kindred spirits bonding and working together to build, augment, re-construct, repair Public School Structures in the underserved areas of the Country from the Northern Peaks to the Southern Shores.” Juan Portrait, on the other hand, holds on to the aspiration, “Taking pictures, giving back. Capturing the Filipino spirit.” ¬†Also from their facebook page,¬†Juan Portrait “is an organization of photographers, writers, and other volunteers from all walks of life who have banded together to use their individual skills to contribute to the development of communities throughout the country.” having friends who are members of both of these groups made me realize that there are still kind, generous people who help and extend their hands to other people.

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three months ago, Klasrum ng Pag-asa and Juan Portrait, with other organizations, went to Patikul, Sulu to continue their mission. yes, in Patikul, Sulu where series of assaults and encounters between the military and abu sayyaf take place. the ¬†typical reaction of the group members’ families and friends was “of all places, why sulu?” and i was one of those who asked. though they were escorted by the marine troop, they were aware of the danger that could possibly happen to them. if you will remember, that time was really chaotic there. but they disregarded the threats and danger just to do their mission.

listening to their stories, their exciting but thrilling

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travel back and forth and their dangerous but overwhelming stay in patikul,  was so worrisome but very uplifting. when they came back from sulu (thank God nothing bad happened to them), i felt the joy and inspiration in them while telling their experience. they were happy and proud of their accomplished mission in patikul. i want to share all their stories but i cannot relay everything. they said their eyes were opened by the sad reality of what the residents, especially the innocent children there, are experiencing. seeing massive military vehicles and even hearing chains of gunfires are normal things in that place.they said that you can barely spot kids smiling and you can see the fear in their eyes. that is why they were so happy after capturing portraits of the kids in the school that they built for the community because somehow, they were able to make the young spirits bring back their smile on their face.

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my friends have different personal stories in their mission in sulu, but they are one in saying that when you were there, you wouldn’t mind the danger around. instead, you would feel the need to extend whatever help you could offer to the patikul people, just to uplift their spirits despite of the situation they have. also, my friends agree, though their loved ones don’t, that they are willing to go back to sulu whenever time asks them to.

well, this is just one development story i personally know. behind of the negative things that are happening around us, certainly there are still inspiring  true-to-life accounts that transpire. if only this kind of stories can dominate the daily news, then everybody will be excited in tuning in the television and radio and holding the newspaper. i believe there is still hope for more development stories in our country.

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photos by RJ Taganas

references:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Klasrums-ng-Pag-Asa/351576148293493

https://www.facebook.com/juanportrait